Higher Ground (Barbra Streisand album)

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Higher Ground
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 1997 (1997-11-11)
GenrePop, vocal
Length56:31
LabelColumbia
ProducerBarbra Streisand, Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, Arif Mardin, Jeremy Lubbock, Mervyn Warren
Barbra Streisand chronology
Back to Broadway
(1993)
Higher Ground
(1997)
A Love Like Ours
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Higher Ground is the twenty-seventh studio album by Barbra Streisand, her first in four years. The album was inspired by and dedicated to Virginia Clinton Kelley. It was released in North America on November 11, 1997, and a day earlier in Europe. Higher Ground was her eighth #1 album in the US and has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

The lead single, "Tell Him" - a duet with Celine Dion - was released on October 7, 1997, and become an international hit. Follow up singles "If I Could" and the title track failed to chart.

"If I Could" and the title track had previously been previously recorded by jazz singer Nancy Wilson and Regina Belle respectively, as well as a medley of the inspirational standards "I Believe and You'll Never Walk Alone", later both issued as standalone recordings by the singer. The album also contained a cover of Bernard Ighner's classic "Everything Must Change" which Streisand had previously recorded in sessions for her 1974 album ButterFly but remains unreleased.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Believe/You'll Never Walk Alone" (Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman/Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 6:12
  2. "Higher Ground" (Kent Agee, Steve Dorff, George Green) – 4:24
  3. "At the Same Time" (Ann Hampton Callaway) – 4:18
  4. "Tell Him" (duet with Celine Dion) (Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, Linda Thompson) – 4:52
  5. "On Holy Ground" (Geron Davis) – 6:14
  6. "If I Could" (Ken Hirsch, Ron Miller, Marti Sharron) – 4:25
  7. "Circle" (Jud Friedman, Cynthia Weil) – 4:15
  8. "The Water Is Wide/Deep River" (Traditional) – 5:33
  9. "Leading with Your Heart" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 3:33
  10. "Lessons to Be Learned" (Dorothy Sea Gazeley, Marsha Malamet, Alan Rich) – 4:43
  11. "Everything Must Change" (Bernard Ighner) – 4:05
  12. "Avinu Malkeinu" (Max Janowski) – 4:07

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[25] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[27] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

"Tell Him" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1998.

"I Believe" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Instrumental Arrangement in 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
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  28. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Higher Ground". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Higher Ground in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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